One of the most popular events in the little town of Winterville, Georgia, where I’ve lived for many years, is the Christmas in Winterville celebration. This year, this event takes place on Friday, December 3. It begins with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. In Winterville, they don’t fly in on a sleigh pulled by reindeer. These holiday dignitaries cross the city limits line in style in the locally famous Marigold Express train! After all, Winterville began as a railroad town many years ago, called Six Mile Station. One of our landmarks is our historic train depot on the square. Why not have Santa and Mrs. Claus roll in on the Marigold Express?
Christmas in Winterville begins at 6 PM in Pittard Park and on the town square. The event is sponsored by The Commercial Bank, with contributions by other community groups and individuals. Visitors to Christmas in Winterville will enjoy free cookies, candy, hot dogs, hot cocoa and cider. The Winterville Express train will provide free rides to children (with adult supervision). Santa will arrive on the Marigold Express just after 6 PM and will then be under the gazebo in the park for pictures. Bring your cameras! Other Christmas happenings in Winterville include The Mayor’s Christmas Motorcade 52nd Anniversary Celebration to East Central Regional Hospital in Augusta, Thursday, December 9, 2010. Winterville also will collect Toys for Tots. For more information on supporting these programs, call city hall: 706-742-8600.

Note: This post originally appeared on my blogspot blog, Winterville Writer, Nov. 28, 2010.

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